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March 13, 2020

I’d like to thank you for your continued support as we at Dugger Union Community Schools address the rapidly evolving Coronavirus pandemic.  DUCS together with all other Sullivan County schools is working closely with local health officials to determine the best course of action during this unprecedented time.  After receiving guidance from Governor Holcomb, and through discussions with area school administrators, DUCS will close school beginning Monday, March 16. School will reopen on Monday, April 6.  Our school building will be closed to the public during that time. 

Sullivan County does not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 at this time.  The purpose of school closure is to take a proactive approach to help mitigate the spread of illness through the practice of social distancing.  Health officials in Sullivan County recommend families make arrangements to self-isolate at home and avoid areas such as daycares, movie theaters, shopping malls, and other social gatherings in order to limit potential exposure.  The extended closure also will allow time for additional cleaning of buildings and buses.  

Please review the following details of our contingency plan during this closure:

  • Spring Break will be extended to March 16-27.  DUCS will apply the state waiver to the additional five days of Spring Break.  Schools are not required to make up days waived by the state.
  • eLearning days will be conducted March 30-April 3.  Teachers will be available via email during scheduled office hours.  Office hours will remain the same for teachers as prior eLearning days.  Email addresses for teachers are available on the administration page by clicking on the staff link at duggerunionschools.org.
  • The same deadlines apply as before for prior eLearning days.  Students’ eLearning assignments are due on Friday, April 10 unless otherwise documented.
  • All school-related extracurricular activities, including athletic practices, will be canceled beginning March 16 until school reopens on Monday, April 6. 

We recognize there will be questions during this time and we appreciate your patience as we work through the details.  Administrators will continue to work with other county school administrators to re-evaluate this changing situation the week of March 30 to determine if additional measures are needed.  Please call our school at 812-648-7109 with any questions you may have. DUCS will continue to provide more details as information becomes available.  Updates will be provided via School Messenger, our school Facebook page, and our school website at duggerunionschools.org.

Sincerely,

Darin Simpson

JH/HS Principal

Dugger Union Community Schools